The Dernogalizer

December 3, 2009

Good News on the Mattawoman

I’ve written multiple columns and blog posts about saving Mattawoman Creek by preventing the construction of the Cross County Connector, a highway which would cut across the Creek.  You can find out more information on this issue from this post and this column.  I’ve just gotten an e-mail from the Sierra Club saying the state’s decision on whether or not to issue the permit for this road has been postponed to April for a third time, insisting on greater details the impact of the highway would have on two endangered species.  Below is the e-mail.

Dear Sierrans and Friends of the Mattawoman,

I just wanted to get to you quickly to let you know the good news.

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) has just postponed its Dec. 1st

decision on the Charles County Connector. (This is the unnecessary highway that

would cut across the upper Mattawoman, bringing with it sprawl development which

would effectively kill the river’s sensitive species.)

MDE is hearing our environmental objections. In its letter to Charles county,

MDE insists that the county complete studies of the impact of the highway on two

endangered species in the wetlands it would destroy. It postpones the decision

until an undetermined date in the spring of 2010. It’s the third time that MDE

has had to push the decision back.

This is just a postponement, but it gives us time to involve more citizens and

to let the state government know that protecting the Mattawoman is essential to

protecting the Bay. We’ll be in touch about next steps…

Thanks for doing your part.

Alana Wase

Maryland Chapter Conservation Program Coordinator

P.S. Here’s a blog where you read about the postponement and comment



  1. This is my first comment ever to a “blog” — a generational gap thing I think. This beautiful creek and its watershed; however, demand our support and protection. Thank you and know that I am in full support of the efforts of the Mattawoman Watershed Society and the many other entities that have made the Mattawoman a priority.

    Comment by Debi — December 10, 2009 @ 10:36 am | Reply

    • Right on!

      Comment by Matt Dernoga — December 10, 2009 @ 10:38 am | Reply

  2. Matt, many thanks to you for speaking out in support of the Mattawoman Creek, a beautiful part of the world in immediate danger of becoming yet another polluted water restoration project in the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

    I would highly encourage anyone who loves getting out in nature to take the rails to trails path that runs next to the creek and its wetlands from Indian Head to White Plains in Charles County. Or to rent a kayak at Up the Creek in Indian Head. Or spend the day fishing! Trust me, you will fall in love with the place, I did.

    As any local bass fisherman will tell you, the creek’s fish population is already diminishing and the creek is perilously close to becoming permanently affected by overdevelopment where there was once forests and wetlands.

    Mattawoman is a pearl beyond price and deserves our concern and our protection NOW.

    Comment by Meredith — December 14, 2009 @ 10:13 am | Reply

  3. Addition to comment above: 3 minute video on YouTube which gives an idea of the diverse beauty of this creek.

    Comment by Meredith — December 14, 2009 @ 12:33 pm | Reply

    • thanks Meredith!

      Comment by Matt Dernoga — December 14, 2009 @ 1:14 pm | Reply

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